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What if my yard is mostly shade but sunny in some areas? Can I use one type of sod or do I have to use a mixture?

Posted by Ryan Wolfe on Apr 29, 2016 12:03:30 PM

Now that you know that your yard is full sun or partial shade or a combination of the two you may ask yourself "can I use one type of sod, or do I have to use a mixture?" (If you haven't seen our post on how you can find out how much sun your yard receives check out the following link, What type of grass do you recommend for shady areas? How do I know if my yard gets full or partial sun?


Mixing varieties?

When it comes to sodding, it is best to not mix different types of sod. You wouldn't want to lay a strip of tall fescue sod next to a strip of Bluegrass because they will be noticeably different. This is especially true when using warm season varieties due to their spreading nature. You will be able to see a difference in both color and blade texture. 

If your yard receives 8 or more hours of sun you will be good to use all of the varieties of sod that we grow. Tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, Bermudagrass and Zoysia grass should all flourish in these areas as long as they receive the proper water and nutrients to go along with the sunlight. 

If your yard has a lot of partial shade it would be a good idea to use a shade tolerant variety of sod. Tall Fescue would be the sod variety of choice. Sometimes sod in areas of shade does not receive enough sunlight causing it to thin out over time. One way to keep your shaded areas thick and healthy is to over-seed with a shade mix seed. These mixes generally contain alternative varieties of fecues that are more suited for shade. Most match up very nicely with tall fescue. You would want to seed at a rate of about 5lbs per 1,000 sqft if you are using our shade mix seed.  

 If you have any questions, or would like our opinion on the variety that is best for your lawn, give us a call. 800-866-1387. We would be happy to assist you!


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